Feature Teller for St. John’s, Newfloundland!

I am living a dream right now. I am sitting in a cafe in St. John’s Newfoundland preparing for a week of Storytelling ahead. The event is the Annual St. John’s Storytelling Festival  where myself and another awesome Storyteller, Sage Tyrtle, are headlining the festivities. I am here for 10 days with nothing to do but listen…

Ellison Market in Nelson, BC

Today I got to tell tales to a full audience at the sweet and savvy organic Market called Ellison’s in Nelson, BC.  By the end of my time, there was standing room only as more and more patrons stopped to hear “what would happen next” in the tale. The tale I shared is new to…

….tales are still spinnin’

I have not written a blog post in an age, but by God’s grace, I have still been actively telling tales. Here are some of the things I’ve been up to in the last… EIGHT MONTHS, oy. Taught a 4 part Storytelling workshop series for the HomeLinks students of J V Humphries Elementary school in…

And the Jessie goes to… Shayna Jones!

On Monday, July 16th at 9:10pm, the most unexpected thing happened. Earlier that evening, my husband and I dropped our boys off at Grandpa Jones’ house. There they settled in for the night while, Mark, baby Abigail, and I ventured out on the town to attend the 36th Annual Jessie Richardson Professional Theatre Awards ceremony….

Fraser Valley Regional Library Tour 2018

10 shows down 11 to go – Join me this Summer as I bring my stories to the 21 libraries of the Fraser Valley Regional Library System! Better late than never, here’s my Tour Schedule in case anyone is interested… Monday July 16th  Terry Fox Library, Port Coquitlam, BC Maple Ridge Public Library, Maple Ridge,…

A Jessie Richardson Award Nomination!

I can’t believe it. I have been nominated for one of Vancouver’s Professional Live theatre awards for my  role as Salima in Dark Glass Theatre‘s production of Ruined. The Category? Outstanding Performance of an Actress (Small Theatre) wow. I will attend the ceremony on Monday, July 16th on the Bard on the Beach BMO mainstage….

Tour Update: Next Stop, Haida Gwaii!

57 shows complete – 6 to go! It has been an incredibly beautiful and challenging journey touring the Province with my Stories, my husband, and my three small children. I still can’t believe that we get to live in this way – I’m in awe. Since writing last, I performed in Dawson Creek, BC and…

Shayna On Tour: Northern BC!

I can’t write much right now. I’m just on my way to the 14th school (out of 32!) that I am doing this leg of touring. So far, my family and I have traveled from Kaslo to… McBride, BC , Prince George, BC, Mackenzie, BC, Chetwynd, BC and I’m just gearing up to perform here…

A Powerful Story, Poignantly Told: ‘Ruined’ by Lynn Nottage

Wow. I just spent the last 6 weeks working on an incredible Story. I served in the role of Salima, a village woman who was kidnapped from her home, raped and enslaved as a concubine for rebel soldiers for 5 months.  Salima’s tale is based on hundreds of thousands of true stories told by Congolese…

She’s back! Next up: Acting with Dark Glass Theatre Company

It has been a stretch. I’ve been on maternity leave these last several months. Not too long go, in fact 8 weeks ago, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl – her name is Abigail. My own story continues. I am deeply grateful.  Now, I am getting back in to my Story Work. First…

Fraser Valley Summer Tour 2017

For the past two weeks I have been nestled in BC’s beautiful Fraser Valley. Performances on the agenda? Harrison Festival of the Arts ( July 12), Chilliwack Museum (July 15), Aldergrove Fair Days, (July 16) and Mission Folk Music Festival (July 22). Today, I just spent several hours collaborating with an excellent crew of musicians to…

Edmonton, Alberta tastes Shayna’s Tales May 27-28, 2017!

Just last week my family and I loaded into our tiny blue car and drove from Kaslo, BC to Edmonton Alberta for the annual Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada storytelling conference! Yes, driving in the car with a 3 year old and a 1.5 year old for 13 hours had it’s challenges,  I am so…